The Noida Authority has ordered real estate builders to adhere to the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) 2010 guidelines during construction. As per the guidelines, anyone found to be flouting norms can be fined anything from Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 and even denied an occupancy certificate by the concerned authority.
This was stated at a meeting between chairman of the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), Authority officials and office bearers of the builders’ association CREDAI (Manoj Gaur, Dinesh Jain, Pramod Gupta, Subodh Goel and Deepak Kapoor) that was held to discuss National Green Tribunal, MoEF and Noida Authority Guidelines related to pollution.
Following the meeting, Credai circulated a note to all its members that directed all developers to strictly comply with the green norms while raising construction.
“Developer/Member shall strictly adhere to the notice/directions issued by the Authorities without any delay and default. Developer/member shall put tarpaulin on scaffolding around the area of construction and the building. No Developer/member shall store any construction material particularly sand on any part of the street, roads in any colony,” the letter said.
“Developers please note that there is provision of heavy penalty on the developers/owners/builders for any breach of the abovementioned directions, guidelines and orders etc. and any construction being carried out without taking the preventive and protective environmental steps as stated in the orders and MoEF guidelines 2010, the State Government, SPCB and any officer of any department as aforesaid shall be entitled to direct stoppage of work,” it said.
As per the guidelines, construction material of any kind that is stored in the site will have to be fully covered in all respect so that it does not disperse in the air in any form. Trucks and/or any other vehicle carrying construction material shall be fully covered and protected so as to ensure that the construction material i.e. debris, sands etc does not get dispersed into the air or atmosphere, in any form whatsoever. The dust emissions from the construction site should be completely controlled and all precautions taken in that behalf.
The vehicles carrying construction material and construction debris of any kind and/or coming out from construction site should be cleaned before it is permitted to ply on road after loading/unloading of such material. Face mask shall be provided to every labour/worker on the construction site and involved in loading/unloading and carriage of construction material and construction debris, the note said.
It also directed all builder members to transport construction material and debris waste to the construction site, dumping site or any other place in accordance with rules and in terms of the orders. Besides, it also asked developers to take compulsory use of wetjet in grinding and stone cutting and using wind breaking walls around the construction site.
All concerned governments, that is state of NCT, Delhi, UP, Rajasthan and Haryana shall ensure that mining activities if otherwise permitted in accordance with law and orders of the court is strictly regulated and carried out in a manner prescribed under rules and to ensure that least dust has emitted into air/atmosphere and all steps are taken to prevent the same, the circular sent to Credai members said.
The letter also asked builders to increase the tree cover in the project area and ensuring that the green belt around the building is provided in all the projects/sites covered under the EIA notification 2006.
All these aspects will be verified by the Authority before issuance of occupancy certificate, the circular said.
“Almost all developer members are following the guidelines of the National Green Tribunal as well as the MOEF Guidelines 2010 while raising the construction. We are also promoting awareness among the builders and making sure that their construction is not leading to dust pollution in the area. We all have responsibilities towards controlling pollution and we will abide by guidelines laid by authorities. All of us should realize the current situation that we cannot ignore the environment and should do our bit to keep it clean. From developers’ point of view I would say that we are committed towards environment protection and that is why we keep a certain percentage as green in all our projects,” said Deepak Kapoor, President, CREDAI Western UP.